Evan B Wood
ABOUT
 

My name is Evan Wood. I am a storyteller.

For me, filmmaking is the art of storytelling, using a visual language.
I am particularly interested in stories that shine a light on the human condition, that show life's small moments
that are part of our common humanity.

I have had the good fortune to work on major network productions since the day I turned 18, and hope to use that
experience to direct films that not only entertain us, but entertain our thoughts.


Here is MY story.

I was born and raised in New York City by artist parents who
encouraged my passions for advocacy and storytelling.

I started making stop-motion films with my Legos, using my
family video camera, when I was about 7. And while I would
like to think I've learned a thing or two since then, my basic
instincts haven't changed much. I am still telling stories.

When I was in the 6th grade at my local NYC public secondary
school, School of the Future, I was fortunate to participate in
an afterschool videoblogging class, where I had access to better
equipment and two filmmaking 'coaches'.



When I was in 7th grade, my artist dad, Erik Wood, was diagnosed with advanced metastatic kidney cancer. Less than a year later,
when I was 13, he lost his battle with the disease, and I lost my best friend.

After giving testimony at an education hearing at City Hall in the 5th grade, I was invited to join a wonderful
organization called Children's PressLine where I had the opportunity to work as a youth journalist for several years.
A documentary I did in the 8th grade about youth perspective on the upcoming presidential elections earned me
a spot on their team that was going to the 2008 National Democratic and Republican conventions. As a youth
reporter and videographer, I had the great privilege of attending many events and interviewing many dignitaries.
I was in the stadium when John McCain introduced Sarah Palin, and when future President Barack Obama accepted
the Democratic nomination. For a kid fresh out of Middle School, that was really something! Our stories were used
on public television's PBS News Hour, and in the NY Daily News.You can watch the documentary I made in the
8th grade on my ARCHIVES page.


FranticIn 2010 when I was 16, I was accepted into a
NYC Department of Education summer program,
in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute.
While there, we were all required to create
an individual 1-minute film that represented us.
Mine, Frantic, had a surprise element that bent the rules—
but when it was shown at the Summer Arts Institute recital,
the audience roared with laughter.


CLICK ON THE PHOTO AT RIGHT TO WATCH FRANTIC IN A NEW WINDOW.

We were also put into groups of 4 or 5, and everyone had to pitch an idea for the short group film. Our group went with
my story; I wrote the script, directed and did much of the editing. That film, TakeOut, was an official selection at the 2011
Tribeca Film Festival's student screening Our City, My Story, as well as at the Chicago International Film Festival and the
San Francisco Women's Film Festival that year. You can watch it from my ARCHIVES page.

Despite these incredible experiences and opportunities, this was the most difficult time of my life. I was in a very bad
state of health in an ongoing fight with Crohn's disease, and didn't have my dad to help me as a growing young man.
Filmmaking was suddenly the last thing on my mind. I needed to take a break from my surroundings and reassess my
direction in life.

In 2011, during my junior year in high school, thanks to the generosity of its Board of Directors, and a whole host of
family, friends and teachers who believed in me, I spent a semester at The Island School, an experiential, sustainable-
living environment on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. While there, among other things: I became a certified
scuba diver, worked with local settlement children, went on extended kayaking trips, did farming and landscaping,
designed an experiment with biodiesel, and ran a half marathon—which started me off as a marathon runner. I run for
a charity, the IBDKids center at Mount Sinai where I am treated by Dr. Keith Benkov and his team.

I also experienced a '48-hour' solo, during which we were dropped off at individual locations where we had to be alone
for 48 hours without distractions: a sleeping bag, one small meal, a canteen of water, our wits, and one 'luxury item'.
Mine was my camera. I took photos and I passed the time by documenting the experience on video.

I took plenty of footage during my three months at The Island School, but the best thing I did with my camera was
keeping a video diary. Each night, I recounted the day, closing with a different 'Tonight I am missing... ' for all
100 days I was there.
When I came home and watched my 100-day diary, I realized that, subconsciously, I was
telling the story of my transition from boy to young man, and I rediscovered my passion for storytelling through film.

The term 'life-changing experience' is overused. But spending a semester at The Island School was truly life-changing.
Except for one thing: I knew, more than ever, that I wanted to tell stories in my own way, that I wanted to be a
filmmaker. I concentrated on applying to film school, and was very fortunate to be accepted into the Maurice Kanbar
Institute of Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a very generous scholarship.


Sore EyesIn Fall 2014 I directed a short film called Sore Eyes,
a story set in the near future about a boy named Emmett,
the only boy in school who wears glasses anymore.
We join him on the day he becomes so frustrated with being
different that he breaks them, and is forced to see the world
and himself through a different lens.
The original score was composed by my brother, Josh B Wood.
Josh has scored all the films I have made while at NYU and we
look forward to many years of collaboration ahead!
The film ran the festival circuit for a couple of years but is now
available for public viewing on Vimeo!

CLICK ON THE PHOTO AT RIGHT TO WATCH SORE EYES IN A NEW WINDOW, and to link to a review (spoiler alert) written by
ATLAS & AERIS International Magazine of Independent Film.


I graduated with a BFA from the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
in May 2016, with Honors. My senior thesis film, Help Wanted, is in post-production while my brother, Josh B Wood,
is composing the original film score. I plan to release this film before the end of 2016.

Since graduating, paid work has included:
- Freelance Production Assistant on Homeland.
- First Assistant Director on a high production value independent short film, to be announced.
- Videographer and Editor of the subscription-paid 'How-To' videos for www.epflies.com since 2010. Enrico Puglisi is a world
renowned fly fisherman and we post one video per month.
- Substitute Teacher for a filmmaking elective in a NYC public high school.
- Digital Photography and Filmmaking Instructor at 1199 Summer Day Camp for children ages 5-13.
- Running Coach at 1199 Summer Day Camp, for children ages 5-13.

Paid work during school breaks included:
- Production Assistant on major network shows such as Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU,
Elementary,
and Gotham; live audience shows such as MTV2's Off The Bat; studio and independent feature films
and commercials.
Thanks to my prior experience in the majors, I was able to establish myself as a First Assistant Director
within NYU's network of filmmakers, collaborating on many intermediate and advanced student films (even when I was
a sophomore and junior), as well as large independent endeavors with graduates and people outside the network.
Highlights include:
- First Assistant Director on independent commercials, including commercials for Essie Gel Couture and Brooklyn Bean.
- First Assistant Director on 100: The Tribute, an independent short film tribute to Bollywood that had complicated
choreographed dance and fight scenes with a large cast, including a stunt fall from a balcony.
- First Assistant Director on music videos, including Alice, a fast-paced music video shot entirely on a MoVi gimbal.
You can watch some of these projects on my FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR page.
- Videographer and Editor of the subscription-paid 'How-To' videos for www.epflies.com since 2010.
- Editor of an independent feature-length film in 2013, The Reunion, A Jazz Fantasy, which ran the festival circuit.
- Videographer and Editor of
public service announcements for the International Trademark Association.

For a printable resume in PDF format of select projects, click HERE..

 
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